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The Raiders Minimization 

Sheldon gets mad at Amy for ruining one of his favorite movies, Raj and Stuart try to make their online dating profiles more appealing, and Leonard tries to play the sympathy card with Penny.



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For her Psychology class, Penny has on the recommended reading list one of Leonard's mother's books. Leonard doesn't want Penny to read it, and all about his troubled childhood. Penny does whatever she can, including having sex, to help Leonard overcome his feelings about her reading the book. Although Leonard's depressed feeling about Penny reading the book and about his childhood are short lived, Leonard decides to continue the ruse to get favors out of Penny. Meanwhile, Amy is indulging Sheldon's latest want, that to watch one of his favorite movies with him, namely Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Although she does not intend to do so, Amy ends up ruining the movie for Sheldon by pointing out that the character of Indiana Jones really is incidental to the movie's outcome, i.e. that the outcome would have happened with or without Indy. Sheldon goes to great lengths to ruin one of Amy's favorite arts/entertainment titles for her, which isn't as easy as he would like. And Raj and ... Written by Huggo

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10 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Title Reference: The title refers to Amy pointing out an error in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" which ruins or minimizes the experience for Sheldon. See more »


In this episode Stuart states that owning a comic book store has never helped him meet someone, but in an earlier episode, he states that he had a girlfriend who he met at comic-con, where owning a comic book store was considered cool. See more »


Bernadette Rostenkowski: What is going on with you?
Howard Wolowitz: I'm sharing my pain.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: And I'm not buyin' it. Try again.
Howard Wolowitz: I'm learning to be a man in a culture where it's increasingly difficult to know how?
Bernadette Rostenkowski: Strike two!
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Perhaps I've read too much science fiction, but I can't help thinking that the way out of this protracted battle over universal health care is a good ol' Edgar Allan Poe/Michael Crichton-style plague. Who's going to bicker over access to medical care or insurance deductibles if one wet cough from a busboy kills all the rack o' lamb-eating small government advocates in the restaurant? Who's going to fight against pre-existing condition coverage when it becomes frighteningly clear that we are all, rich and poor, smart and stupid, cute and inbred, swimming in the exact same bacterial soup? I'm betting no one. Because when that day happens, helping a sick person get well will not be an act of mercy or generosity. It will be the very definition of selfishness. And if history has taught us anything, selfishness rocks the casbah. Of course, there is plenty of sci-fi literature that takes this story down an even darker path. It involves everyone with a wet cough getting rounded up at gunpoint and trucked into "rehabilitation camps" in North Dakota. A privileged young man, raised on rack o' lamb, sees their suffering and sacrifices himself in order to lead them to a free clinic in Canada. When things are looking particularly grim in their march out of viral bondage, a small government advocate smiles cruelly and says to the young man, "Where's your health insurance now, Moses?" See more »


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As usual a fun episode...
11 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

This show undoubtedly provides 20 minutes of nice and clean humor but comparing toe the other shows (who I follow) like How I Met Your Mother, I find it little monotonous. For example, Sheldon & Amy's relation is crawling like a snail, I hope Raj's love story turns up better & soon, Howard & Bernadette aren't getting much attention lately and I'm not sure if Penny & Leonard's relation is even moving. In today's episode Penny was looking cute as always, I liked Sheldon & Amy's part but Raj, Howard & Bernadette were sadly side lined. So basically what I've felt is that the only relationship which is getting the director & story writer's attention is Sheldon & Amy's which is too slow. My advice is that the story writing crew needs to stir things up a bit and learn for their competitors like How I Met Your Mother. I'll be back with my review for next episode. Cheers!!!

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